Jesuit, Priest, Friend: Spring Hill College Plans to Remember Rev. Gregory Francis Lucey, S.J.

Tuesday, October 12 is a day to remember Rev. Gregory Francis Lucey, S.J. – Jesuit, Priest, and Friend.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Mary Lou and John Barter Student Center on campus. The College community will gather together, to pray, tell stories and console one another. Memorial Cards and Guest Books for signing will be available. 

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Chapel. Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J., will be the Homilist and Celebrant and the Spring Hill College Jesuits l will concelebrate. When the Chapel reaches seating capacity, guests will be directed to view the live stream in LeBlanc Hall on the second floor of the Student Center. 

After the Memorial Mass, there will be a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Dining Hall. . This is an opportunity for the campus and the community to come together to remember Lucey and share a meal  Plans for burial in the Spring Hill College Cemetery will be announced at a later date. 

The College continues to observe COVID-19 Protocols and masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus.

Lucey died peacefully in his sleep last week at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis. The St. Camillus Jesuit Community will celebrate a prayer vigil on Thursday, October 14, at 4:15 p.m. There will be a Funeral Mass at the Gesu Church in Milwaukee, Wis. on Friday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. with a reception following. The service will also be live-streamed here:

E. Joseph Lee, PhD, President of Spring Hill College said, “Our reflection on the life and legacy of Fr. Lucey is truly a celebration. It’s a celebration of how one man touched so many just by his love of Christ. Fr. Lucey’s commitment to our Jesuit values and traditions was seen nationally and internationally — but never more evident than right here in our own community. One could not have an encounter with Rev. Lucey and not be changed in some small way.”

Lucey became the 34th President of Spring Hill College on June 1, 1997. In 2005, he received the Civitan Club of Mobile’s “Mobilian of the Year” award in recognition of his many improvements to the campus and his efforts to incorporate the Mobile community. He returned to Spring Hill in 2013 to serve a second term as 36th President until 2015. He was then appointed Chancellor and served the College until 2020. 


Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic College in the Southeast and the third-oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences. 

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